During 2017 and 2018 Indigo House worked with Scottish Borders Council, Scottish Borders Health and Social Care Partnership and local RSLs to research, appraise options and develop an integrated housing and care strategy for older people in the Borders. The plan is now being implemented with the first fruits of the labour being seen with planning permission for Eildon’s new extra care development being achieved. Another development is hot on its heels at Todlaw in Duns, being developed by Trust Housing Association.

Extra care housing is part of the 10-year vision for the delivery of housing, care and support for older people developed by Scottish Borders Council, Eildon and other partners.

Aitken Turnbull Architects were commissioned to design the Eildon accommodation as well as a sensory garden.

Work on the conversion of this site will begin in spring 2020, with a community information event planned around the same time, and an expected completion for summer 2022.

Eildon said the green light is another step forward in its plans to build 750 much needed new homes across the Scottish Borders.

Nile Istephan, Eildon’s chief executive, said: “This decision is excellent news for older people in the Borders. The provision of this type of housing enables personalised care and support to be provided within a community setting and allows individuals to participate in all aspects of daily living where they can.

“This site is one of a number of extra care housing developments that we are planning, with Langhaugh in Galashiels already on site to provide another 39 flats. This is so important with the average age of people in the Borders increasing as well as the demand for suitable housing.”

The total cost of the scheme was £1.374 million including a grant of £773k provided by Allia Ltd, through its arrangements with the Scottish Government to assist in the funding of new social housing provision.